I hope this summer season has brought you joy and celebration!

A full year has passed since I was elected to serve as your ESEA president and so much has been accomplished. I am excited to share several of this year’s achievements and update you on the future of ESEA!

Contract Update:
        Throughout the year, ESEA secured:
            2.225% pay increases for all 
            More money paid by CCSD into your health insurance 
            Stopped a 17% increase to our health insurance premiums
            ESEA won the Post Probation Arbitration, this means a potential $8 million award for our members 

        Currently, we are in contract negotiations with CCSD, ESEA is fighting for:
            Maintaining and increasing pay steps
            Increasing pay with Cost of Living raises
            More money paid by CCSD into your health insurance

        We are hosting Contract Update Meetings on July 20th, 2017:

            You will have an opportunity to hear where we are with negotiations and ask questions. 
            The meetings will be held at the ESEA/NSEA offices at 3511 E. Harmon Avenue, Las Vegas, NV 89121.
            Meeting times are at 9 a.m., 11:30 a.m., and 4 p.m.

Legislative Victories

        SB386: Progressive Student Discipline is an additional tool to create a safe school environment by strengthening and extending progressive student discipline to other school facilities and transportation.

        What this means for members: This bill will help keep both students and support professionals safe and will require each school to have a plan for student discipline and temporary alternatives.

        SB164: School Bus Leases allows school districts to lease school buses.

        What this means for members: This bill will allow for additional job opportunities for CCSD aides and bus drivers!

        SB178: Weighted Funding Formula will provide our public education system an additional $72 million for all 1 and 2 star schools providing $1,200 per student who is low income or ELL and scoring in the bottom quartile.

        What this means for members: This bill provides additional funding for 1 and 2 star schools, helping support professionals who work directly with students by providing additional funding and opportunities.

        Blocked SB506: Education Saving Accounts (Vouchers) would have taken tens of millions of dollars from public education to be diverted to private schools. ESA private school vouchers are dead - no public money will go to private schools.
        What this means for members: This bill would have taken money, and jobs, from our public schools. By blocking this bill, we kept public money in public schools to continue to build a stronger education system in Nevada.

School Organizational Teams 
Were created by AB394 and Regulation 142-16 in CCSD to localize authority to the schools

        School Organizational Team members will: 

            Aid the school’s principal when developing and carrying out the plan of operation
            Assist in discussing how schools will carry out additional responsibilities and authorities transferred from CCSD
            Help select the next principal when a vacancy occurs

        Look for more information on SOTs: 

            We need members like you to participate on these teams to make sure your school runs smoothly
            Electronic elections will be held in early September
            You will be receiving more details on the election process, trainings, and how to get involved

I also want to personally thank you for your investment in your union, school, and community. Your continued support and positive encouragement to our students of the Clark County School District is essential in building a stronger society. Their Success is Our Success.

In Solidarity,

Virginia M. Mills

Education Support Employees Association
Message from President, Virginia M. Mills